“Play is essential to development as it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children and youth. Despite the benefits
derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children.”—American Academy of Pediatrics, 2006
Let Kids Play believes that free, open-ended play is even more important for children with disabilities than their typically developing peers.
Did you know:
- 33% of children under the age of 2 have a TV in their bedroom, yet pediatricians recommend no TV until 3 years old. Reports show this can limit a child’s creativity.
- Everyone from the AAP to the CDC to the American Public Health Association directly link the lack of playtime to the childhood obesity epidemic.
- Children with disabilities are often even more sedentary than their typically developing peers.
Why Play? Here are just a few reasons…
- Play has been scientifically proved to be good for the brain.
- Play teaches us to use our imaginations.
- Rough-and-tumble play teaches us how to cooperate and play fair.
- Play helps us learn to be friends.
- Sometimes the best way to learn a complicated subject is to play with it.
- Kids do better academically when they have recess.
- Physical play delays mental decline in old age.
- A little play can help solve big problems.
- Playing at work is not just useful; it’s essential.
- When we get play right, all areas of our lives go better.